Paternal Side in Staunton
“Visit Gypsy Hill Park, drive around and drink local beer”…according to the local visitor’s guide those are three of the top five things to do in Staunton, Virginia. No wonder, Jack was anxious to visit one of his former hometowns.
Jack’s paternal Grandparents, Papoo and Harrisey, lived in the historic town of Staunton, Virginia during his primary years.
He remembers the garden Harrisey tended in the backyard. It produced a bounty of vegetables which she preserved and put up all summer long. The charming primary school he attended is still part of the historic downtown area of Staunton.
Another childhood memory he has often recounted is down the road, outside the small community of Timberville, Virginia. Part of the beauty of trying to find an old BBQ drive-in, where he spent his Sunday evenings sitting in the car with his parents ….is the drive along the Shenandoah Valley, with the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Appalachian Mountains to the west. Located between Timberville and Harrisonburg the Bar B-Q Ranch Drive-In hasn’t changed much since it opened in the 1940’s. This time we dined inside, but the enduring charm of visiting a place that brings back so many happy childhood memories is alluring.
Maternal side in Stollings
Born in Logan, West Virginia he finally returned to his birthplace for the remainder of his middle and high school years. And it was where he got his first job at WVOW, the radio station still located in downtown Logan with a museum-like quality housing some of the original equipment he used back in the days of broadcasting the “farm report” for the community.
Jack’s maternal grandparents, Lonnie and Lyda Stollings, lived down the road in the town with their namesake.
He never meet his maternal grandparents but his Stollings memories include the long-standing Morrison’s Drive-In and they too serve a scrumptious BBQ sandwich.
Although the first barbecue in Florida was probably done by our ancestors on a barbacoa this updated version uses a crock-pot.
BBQ Pork Bites – Rubbed and Crocked
Makes approximately 5 cups or 20-40 appetizers
3 ½ pounds boneless pork loin roast
1 large Florida sweet onion, sliced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
20 –40 dinner rolls
Trim visible fat from pork and cut into 4 pieces.
Place onion slices in crockpot.
Combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper; rub over pork pieces and place over onions.
Combine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and red pepper flakes. Pour gently over pork.
Cover and cook pork on low 8 to 9 hours.
Remove lid, chop meat, and pour barbecue sauce over chopped pork. Stir well and cook, covered on high 1 hour.
Remove lid and stir breaking up lager chunks of meat. Cool in crockpot about 15-20 minutes as meat absorbs the sauce.
Drain well before serving on bite size rolls or larger rolls cut in half.
Makes about 1 ½ cups
¼ cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablesoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon dry mustard
Sauté onion and garlic in butter 1 to 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Today, Jack and I celebrate our Wedding Anniversary.